Biography

Ensemble Atlantica is a chamber music ensemble based out of south-western Ontario dedicated to the performance of new works by emerging Canadian and international composers. The ensemble is made up of early-career-performers, and seeks to provide composers with professional quality performances of their works through tours and community outreach concerts.

The ensemble strives to reach a broad audience through novel performances that are outside of the purview of most new music ensembles with the intention of bringing new music to new audiences.

Ensemble Atlantica was founded in 2015 by Jossée MacInnis and Pascal Bard. The name originated from the artists’ roots to the Maritimes, calling Nova Scotia and New Brunswick their homes.

Ensemble Atlantica’s founding members include Monique Aubé, Sarah DeNiverville, Susan Dworkin, Pascal Bard and Jossée MacInnis. We have also recently welcomed Francisco Barradas, and Baptiste Boiron.

We hope to give voice to emerging composers. If you would like to compose for Ensemble Atlantica, feel free to contact us!

Ensemble Members

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Jossée MacInnis, originally from Wolfville, Nova Scotia, has currently completed her Master’s degree in clarinet performance at Western University, under the tutelage of Dr. Jana Starling. She also holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and studied with Dr. James Kalyn. Jossée has participated and performed in the Toronto Creative Music Lab 2016, a peer mentorship workshop for young performers and composers to collaborate on new music and will be participating with TCML again for its 2017 session.

Jossée is an active chamber musician who is passionate about collaboration and versatility. Working together with other musicians, whether it’s creating new music or performing standard repertoire, is her greatest joy. Her interests and experience not only align with classical and contemporary music but also in jazz, and klezmer, which has led her to explore Greek, Turkish, Arabic and other music originating from the middle east as she has begun to work with the Light of The East Ensemble based in London, Ontario.

 

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Pascal Bard is currently pursuing the performing arts through freelancing in jazz groups, rock bands and classical ensembles of all sorts. He recently attended the graduate performance program at Western University studying with saxophonist Bobbi Thompson in 2015-2016. Pascal is as capable a performer as he is a composer and has decided to pursue a degree in composition in the years to come, however his experience and love for performing is still very much a part of his life.

Raised in Edmundston, NB, he obtained his Bachelor’s in Music Performance at L’Université de Moncton. He has been part of the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra, the Mount Allison University Symphonic Band and the Western University Wind Ensemble and has also been active as a chamber musician. His former principal instrument teachers have been Dr. Jean-Guy Boisvert and Dr. James Kalyn, and he also studied composition with Dr. Richard Gibson and Dr. Troy Ducharme.

Pascal Bard agit actuellement comme pigiste avec divers groupes de jazz, de rock et classique. En 2015-2016, il assiste au programme de maitrise à l’Université Western et étudie avec Dre. Bobbi Thompson. Autant que Pascal aime jouer, il a couramment le désir d’obtenir une maitrise en composition dans le but d’acquérir plus de connaissance en composition. Malgré ceci, son expérience et son amour du saxophone incite une véritable passion qui occupe une grande partie de sa vie.

Élevé à Edmundston, au Nouveau-Brunswick, il a obtenu son baccalauréat en interprétation musicale à l’Université de Moncton. Il a fait partie de l’Orchestre des jeunes du Nouveau-Brunswick, du Symphonic Band de l’Université Mount Allison et du Wind Ensemble de l’Université Western et a été très actif comme musicien de chambre. Il a étudié le saxophone auprès du Dr. Jean-Guy Boisvert et le Dr. James Kalyn, et entame ses études en composition avec le Dr. Richard Gibson et le Dr. Troy Ducharme.

 

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Monique Aubé is a flutist with a passion for new music. Recently, she has completed her Master’s degree in Flute Performance, studying under Douglas Stewart. She performed in the world premiere of the new opera ‘Footsteps in the Campbell House’, and has created the Canadian premiere of ‘Face Painting’ for flute and piano, written by Chinese composer Yang Xinming and with pianist Jana Luksts. Previously, she has worked with composer André Cormier, performing and premiering two of his works at Le Hum contemporary music series with Ensemble Sisyphe as well as the Re:flux Music and Sound Art Festival with the Motion Ensemble. Monique has studied with flutists such as Mathieu Dufour, Jeffrey Khaner, Dianne Aitken, Camille Churchfield, Susan Hoeppner and Karin Aurell, among others.

Monique Aubé est une flûtiste avec une passion pour la musique contemporaine. Récemment, elle a complété sa maîtrise en interprétation, étudiant avec Douglas Stewart. Elle a joué dans la première mondiale du nouvel opéra ‘Footsteps in the Campbell House’ et a créé la première canadienne de ‘Face Painting’ pour flûte et piano, composée par Yang Xinming. Elle a travaillé avec le compositeur André Cormier, interprétant et créant deux de ses œuvres à la série de musique contemporaine Le Hum avec l’Ensemble Sisyphe ainsi que le Festival de musique contemporaine et d’art sonore Re: Flux, avec Motion Ensemble. Monique a étudié avec des flûtistes comme Mathieu Dufour, Jeffrey Khaner, Dianne Aitken, Camille Churchfield, Susan Hoeppner et Karin Aurell, entre autres.

 

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New Brunswick violist Sarah de Niverville recently completed her Master of Music in Performance at the University of Victoria with Joanna Hood of the Lafayette String Quartet. She also holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Moncton, studying with Nadia Francavilla and Isabelle Fournier. Sarah is a four-time participant in the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, with whom she toured across Canada. Previously, she was a member of Symphony New Brunswick, and has also played with youth orchestras in Nova Scotia, Long Island, and New Brunswick. Sarah’s musical travels have taken her to Portugal, Germany, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, China, and Italy. Sarah also maintains an active interest in new music, playing in University of Victoria’s contemporary music ensemble, Sonic Lab, and premiering several student compositions.

 

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Susan Dworkin is originally from Montreal, Quebec and has called Wolfville, Nova Scotia her home for the past 23 years. She is a music educator, voice and piano instructor and classical soprano. She founded and directed “Short-Order-Opera Society,” for 13 years and is director of the Wolfville Community Chorus, now in its 17th year.

Susan was vocal instructor at Acadia University and for the Annapolis Valley Regional School Board (Adult Continuing Education), and has been teaching privately for 27 years. She is a member of the Nova Scotia Registered Music Teacher’s Association and National Association of Teachers of Singing. In addition to teaching, Susan has formidable experience as a performer and has performed in many solo recitals, operas, and concerts. She was chosen as a semi-finalist for Concours Jeunesse Musicale, held in Montreal in 2000, and the New York Young Artist’s Competition in 2002. She has also had the privilege of singing at Carnegie Hall in New York. This is Susan’s second year with Ensemble Atlantica.

 

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Born in the city of Xalapa, Veracruz, Mexico, Francisco Barradas started violin lessons at the age of eight with the Mexican violin teacher Carlos Marrufo. In 2010, after finishing his undergraduate studies, Francisco became a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa, one of the leading orchestras in Mexico. Two years later Francisco was awarded with a Fulbright scholarship to pursue graduate studies in the United States. Franciscos’ musical activities encompass a wide variety of collaborations. He usually performs with pianists, chamber music groups, and as a member of symphonic ensembles. Such activities have taken him to perform in Mexico, Canada, USA, Panama, Brazil, Italy, France, Monaco, Switzerland, and Germany.

Currently, he is member of Canadian chamber music groups Magisterra Solosists, Rebelheart Collective, and Ensemble Atlantica. Additionally, Francisco has participated in music summer festivals where he has taken master classes with professors such as Miriam Fried, Shmuel Ashkenasi, Rachel Barton Pine, Katalyn Sebestien, Kees Hülsmann, Nicholas Kitchen, and Scott St. John among others. Francisco holds a Master Degree in Violin Performance from Colorado State University where he studied with Dr. Ronald Francois, and a Bachelor of Music in violin performance from the Universidad Veracruzana in Mexico where he studied with Professor Agnieszka Macklakiewicz. Currently, he is pursuing a DMA at the University of Western Ontario Don Wright Faculty of Music, where he studies with Professor Annette-Barbara Vogel.

 

17327894_1827537310832934_1711977021_nBorn in 1980,  Baptiste Boiron is a performer (saxophonist and clarinetist) improviser and composer. His versatility led him to found the Ensemble Chrysalide, a modular ensemble created to share and promote improvised and notated contemporary music. His studies (Baptiste graduated a Maîtrise of visual Arts at Rennes 2 University), made him keep in touch with many kinds of artistic expression: many of his performances, as a soloist or with the Ensemble Chrysalide, were in conjunction with works from Olivier Cazenove, Marcel Dupertuis, Nicolas Chatelain, Pierre Tal-Coat, Arnaud Vasseux, Jean-Jacques Dournon, Jean-Louis Gerbaud and Geneviève Asse. He graduated a composition DEM in 2009 in the class of Jean-Yves Bosseur at the Conservatoire of Bordeaux, and had master classes from Yves Krier, Gérard Pesson, Alain Bioteau, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Bernard de Vienne and Roger Tessier. 

He recently moved to London Ontario in Canada, and is currently a Masters student in the saxophone studio directed by Bobbi Thompson. After 15 years of experience of conducting in France, in educational and professional contexts, Baptiste is currently the conductor of the Ensemble Atlantica.

Né en 1980, Baptiste Boiron est interprète (saxophoniste et clarinettiste), improvisateur et compositeur. Musicien aux multiples casquettes, Baptiste est membre fondateur de l’Ensemble Chrysalide, ensemble à géométrie variable dont le but est de faire connaître et de diffuser le répertoire contemporain, écrit ou improvisé. Ses études (Baptiste est titulaire d’une maîtrise en arts plastiques obtenue à l’Université de Rennes 2) l’ont  encouragé à maintenir le contact avec toutes formes d’expressions artistiques : ainsi beaucoup de ses concerts, en solo ou avec l’Ensemble Chrysalide, ont été pensés et donnés en regard avec les œuvres de Olivier Cazenove, Marcel Dupertuis, Nicolas Chatelain, Pierre Tal-Coat, Arnaud Vasseux, Jean-Jacques Dournon, Jean-Louis Gerbaud ou bien encore Geneviève Asse. Titulaire d’un DEM de composition depuis 2009 dans la classe de Jean-Yves Bosseur  au conservatoire de Bordeaux, il a bénéficié des conseils de Yves Krier, Gérard Pesson, Alain Bioteau, Jonathan Harvey, Georges Aperghis, Bernard de Vienne et Roger Tessier.

​Récemment installé à London Ontario au Canada, il suis actuellement un Master de performance dans la classe de saxophone de Bobbi Thompson. Après 15 années d’expérience de direction musicale en France dans des contextes pédagogiques et professionnels, Baptiste est actuellement chef d’orchestre de l’Ensemble Atlantica.